October 4, 2020, 1 Samuel 19:1-7; ISSL Reflections Post 1

This week we will focus our attention on Saul, Jonathan, David and some dynamics in the relationship of the three.

Take a few minutes to slowly read over the passage and then let me give you a template with which to examine the scene.

1 Samuel 19:1-7

Saul spoke with his son Jonathan and with all his servants about killing David. But Saul’s son Jonathan took great delight in David. Jonathan told David, “My father Saul is trying to kill you; therefore be on guard tomorrow morning; stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you; if I learn anything I will tell you.” Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him, “The king should not sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have been of good service to you; for he took his life in his hand when he attacked the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced; why then will you sin against an innocent person by killing David without cause?” Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan; Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.” So Jonathan called David and related all these things to him. Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

Just the other day I read again how some see data, information, knowledge and wisdom stand in relationship to one another. The “template” is usually presented as –


Your data is this scene in the lives of Saul, Jonathan and David.

Let’s start gathering some information by noticing who, what, when and where?

How did these three come to this place in their lives. You might think of “how” as the history that brought the here and their previous decisions. You may want to review some of the earlier chapters in 1 Samuel to help with that.

Are you ready to suggest why this transpired among these three men?

Give some time to living with this passage and what you find here.

We’ll talk more later.

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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